Errabus(Dasari Narayana Rao) as people call him, is a deep rooted village old man comes to city to spend some time with his grandson played by Vishnu. He is being called by his everyone as Erra bus for his bumpkin histrionics. Vishnu is a software engineer whose only ambition is to go to USA. He falls in love with beautiful ophthalmologist Raji (Catherine). Grandpa is of good Samaritan type who saves people in trouble like saving girl from eve teasers to treating ill people with herbs. His village attire, frankness and honesty doesn’t go well with the neighbors in the apartment complex they live in.
He does all sought of funny mischief like bathing in swimming pool to playing with kids. He unintentionally becomes trouble maker for the grandson Vishnu. This leads to Raji misunderstanding grandpa and breaking up with Vishnu and also his visa dreams get shattered. Then how Dasari solves Vishnus problems from getting him visa to patching up the lovers and winning the love of neighborhood forms the rest of the story.
First things first, remakes are not so easy to handle. Although it was a proved story, it comes with a certain baggage and expectations. Erra Bus reminds you the same as the movie fails to live up to the buzz it created. At the same time, it’s not a bad film either. There were a handful of scenes which bring smile on your face and also make you cry. Like we said before, Vishnu Manchu rescues the film with his subtle emotions and matured performance. The scenes involving Vishnu and Dasari and Catherine makes for a decent watch and especially Dasari playing spoilsport for Vishnu’s love is engaging.
Towards the end, Dasari’s performance thugs ones hearts. But too much of melodrama, heavy dose of sentiment dampens the film to the hilt. Comedy scenes with Brahmanandam and MS Narayana misfired in a big way. They could have been avoided. At the same time, placement of songs clearly interrupts films narrative. All in all, Erra Bus is a putrid copy of Manjapai. It’s just one-time watch provided if you’re great lover of sentiments and human emotions.
Dasari Narayana Rao: Dasari fits the bill in the role of grandfather hailing from village. His typical village nuances tickle funny bone at times and also bring tears at other portions.
Vishnu Manchu: Vishnu has yet again proved his mettle. He owned the character as an urban software engineer. His subtle acting and matured performance rescues the film at several portions and keep us hook to the film.
Catherine: Catherine is just filler in the film. She just did her part, shook legs with Vishnu Manchu and partly revved up glam factor in the film. Albeit, she doesn’t come out of flying colors through the film.
Brahmanandam is yet again an extra luggage in ‘Errabassu’ which is just unbearable. His so called comedy track is absolutely irrelevant to the main subject. His routine comedy is totally irritating.
Its just a one time watch for family audience who like heavy drama and too much of sentiments.